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  • Beer Bust

    Stealing beer, intimidating businesses and drinking while driving - it’s all part of a day’s work inside the Montgomery Co Department of Liquor Control. This six-month undercover camera investigation resulted in multiple firings, criminal investigations and hearings to dismantle the organization. After NBC4 Washington received a tip from an insider about the scheme to steal beer, they convinced frightened store owners to come forward. Using FOIA, they realized DLC was still using archaic technology to track $34 million worth of inventory. They spent two weeks typing in data from 35,000 pages to create a database that showed DLC was highly susceptible to theft and corruption. Using this data analysis, they followed crews and caught them sleeping on the job, leaving trucks unattended and repeatedly drinking while driving.

    Tags: beer; liquor control; criminal; investigation; inventory

    By Tisha Thompson; Rick Yarborough; Jeff Piper; Mike Goldrick

    NBC4 Washington


  • The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal

    The piece looked at the effects of a new law in Tennessee that made it a criminal assault to give birth to a baby with drugs in its system. After a six-month investigation involving interviews with pregnant women, doctors, and health workers, we were able to document a consistent pattern of women being driven underground to avoid the fate they’ve seen in mug shots on the local news. Among many narratives: We learned of and/or spoke to women avoiding prenatal care and drug treatment in order to protect themselves from the punitive effects of the law; We learned of and/or spoke to women switching hospitals, avoiding hospital births, and even leaving the state to circumvent the law; We heard about pregnant women seeking drug treatment and being turned away for liability reasons.

    Tags: childbirth; substances; treatment; criminal

    By Rosa Goldensohn; Rachael Levy

    The Nation/The Investigative Fund


  • Home Free

    If an inmate breaks out of jail, it’s usually front-page news. But all over Washington State, criminals routinely commit virtual jail breaks that are either ignored or undetected by authorities. KING 5 found numerous cases in which offenders released on electronic monitoring programs -- often known as home detention -- were “Home Free.” Some not only evaded the home-based punishment for their crimes, they were free to commit new crimes while they were supposed to be under state or local supervision.

    Tags: inmate; jail; jail break; home free; crime; broadcast

    By Chris Ingalls

    KING5 (Seattle)


  • Crime In Punishment

    The story comes from a 1 1/2 year long investigation into Tennessee prisons, where WSMV found such corruption and outrageous behavior inside the state penal system that lawmakers, a district attorney, former employees and crime victims feel that crimes were committed during the punishment of criminals. The investigation led to the disciplinary actions on more than 70 inmates, a criminal investigation by the TBI, a criminal conviction of a guard and a legislative hearing. The investigation initially began by showing the outrageous behavior of criminals inside prison, and expanded to expose the state deleting records of assaults on guards and inmates and medical neglect of female inmates.

    Tags: inmates; tennessee; district attorney; punishment

    By Jeremy Finley; Brittany Freeman; Jason Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Tracking Troubled Brokers

    In a broad investigation, the Journal revealed that Wall Street’s own national watchdog doesn’t make public all the regulatory red flags it has about brokers. The Journal dug up and analyzed the employment and disciplinary history of more than 550,000 of the nation’s stockbrokers. Reporters found a wide array of regulatory breakdowns. The Journal revealed that more than 1,500 people had violated rules requiring them to disclose criminal charges or bankruptcies to investors. Reporters also found more than 50,000 brokers had failed a key entrance exam – sometimes as many as a dozen times – and that those who repeatedly failed had worse disciplinary records. And the Journal identified 16 “hot spots” across the country where large numbers of troubled brokers congregate, often near elderly and wealthy investors – and showed how state securities regulators do little to target resources on these problem areas.

    Tags: stockbrokers; entrance exam; discipline; failures

    By Jean Eaglesham; Rob Barry

    Wall Street Journal (New York)


  • A death in restraints after ‘standard procedure’

    The series revealed the needless deaths of three mental health patients at Bridgewater State Hospital, a medium-security state prison for men who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, due to the use of four-point restraints. The series also raised questions about the decision by a district attorney to not pursue criminal charges in one of those deaths, even though it was ruled a homicide. In addition, the series exposed the systemic, illegal use of isolation and four-point restraints -- strapping a patient’s wrists and ankles to a bed -- at a time when officials at similar institutions in other states were sharply reducing their reliance on these tactics, finding that they are physically dangerous and psychologically harmful.

    Tags: hospitals; prison; restraints; patient deaths

    By Michael Rezendes

    Boston Globe


  • Campus Confidential Informants

    Student journalists in Professor Steve Fox's Investigative Journalism & The Web class uncovered that the University of Massachusetts Amherst police use confidential informants, potentially putting students' safety at risk. Officers were allowing students to avoid campus and criminal consequences for drug offenses in return for becoming police informers, allowing some students to conceal dangerous drug habits from their families. After months of investigation, student journalists Eric Bosco and Kayla Marchetti reported that a UMass student who agreed to become a confidential informant to avoid a drug arrest, died of a heroin overdose. Publication of the student's death lead prosecutors to reopen the investigation into the overdose death after the student's mother gave them the name of the student she believes provided him with the drug.

    Tags: University of Massachusetts; drugs; overdoses; informants

    By Steve Fox; Eric Bosco; Kayla Marchetti; Scott Allen

    Boston Globe


  • Nazi Social Security

    Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records. Social Security benefits became tools, U.S. diplomatic officials said, to secure agreements in which Nazi suspects would accept the loss of citizenship and voluntarily leave the United States.

    Tags: Nazi; Social Security; Justice Department; loophole; FBI

    By David Rising; Randy Herschaft; Richard Lardner

    Associated Press


  • Subsidized Squalor

    The residents of Richmond’s public housing had given up. They used to speak up when things got bad. But they’d long ago stopped believing anyone would listen. They resigned themselves to sharing their bedrooms with cockroaches and bedbugs and ceding their common areas to criminals. Deep down, the frustration simmered. It finally came spilling out with fury after The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Amy Julia Harris exposed the squalid conditions in Richmond public housing, giving those residents the voice they’d lost.

    Tags: public housing; housing

    By Amy Julia Harris; Corey G. Johnson

    Center for Investigative Reporting


  • Court Donations

    In recent years, defendants in Germany like Bernie Ecclestone have paid hundreds of millions of Euros to close criminal proceedings. Judges and prosecutors hand out the largest portion of this money – with hardly any oversight. This lack of transparency makes the system susceptible to corruption. We want to change it.

    Tags: Corruptions; Europe; Courts

    By Jonathan Sachse